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Pope's New Ride: Car With 186K Miles

Pope's New Ride: Car With 186K Miles
Posted September 11th, 2013 @ 7:06am by Kate Seamons, Newser Staff

(NEWSER– Pope Francis' new car almost certainly lacks that fresh-from-the-dealer scent: It's 20 years old and has already covered 186,000 miles. Catholic News Service explains that a 69-year-old Italian priest on Saturday gave his white four-door 1984 Renault to the pontiff. In an Aug. 10 phone call between the two (the result of a letter Father Renzo Zocca sent Francis about his work in Verona), Francis told him to give the vehicle to the poor. "I answered that this car had already given much to the poor and now it had to go to the pope," says Zocca.

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